Bollywood actors Juhi Chawla and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, athlete Kavita Raut;Rahi Bhide, first woman editor of a Marathi daily Punyanagri, ; author Kavita Mahajan; academician Farida Lambay and industrialist Megha Phansalkar are among the seven prominent personalities from different fields named for the prestigious Indira Gandhi Memorial Award 2015 this year.
Popular actor Nawazuddin, who played the lead role in the film ‘Manjhi: The Mountain Man’ apart from an important supporting role in Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijan where he plays a Pakistani TV journalist is the only male selected in this year’s list, said Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam.
“Two prominent personalities – former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, the first woman to hold the august post, and All India Congress Committee general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi, who both worked with late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for many years, shall be the chief guests and felicitate all the awardees,” Sanjay Nirupam, Congress leader told the media.
The birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi is celebrated by the Congress party felicitating leading personalities from different walks of life for their achievements,Sanjay said.
The function will be held at Y.B. Chavan Auditorium in Mumbai today on the occasion of Indira Gandhi’s 98th birth anniversary in the presence of top Congress leaders, former union ministers and past and present lawmakers.